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Catholic Recipe: St. Joseph's Cream Puffs I


  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup flour
  • few grains salt
  • 4 eggs
  • Ricotta Filling (see recipe)
  • Orange-flavored confectioners' sugar icing
  • Details

  • Yield: 12 puffs
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: • • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 15+
  • Origin: Italy

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Also Called: St. Joseph's Sfinge

There is a special dessert for the Solemnity of St. Joseph (March 19) called St. Joseph's Sfinge. It is a huge cream puff, filled with a creamy cheese mixture and lavishly decorated with candied fruits. You might like to serve this simple version.


Put butter or margarine and water in saucepan; bring to boiling point. Mix flour and salt; add all at once; mix well. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture forms smooth, compact mass. Remove from heat. Add unbeaten eggs, one at a time, beating vigorously after each addition. Drop by tablespoon on greased baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake at 400° for 35 minutes or until thoroughly browned and set. Cool. Make slit with sharp-pointed knife near bottom of puff. Fill with Ricotta Filling (see recipe). Glaze lightly with orange-flavored confectioners' sugar icing. Makes about 12 puffs.

Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965
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